January 2014  

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Sincere apologies for the inconvenience.  

Warm regards,

Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association


In this Issue
Register now to participate in Doors Open Headwaters 2014
Town of Mono's Will O'Wind eventing centre to host Pan Am event
Regional TO 2015 Pan Am tourism committee formed
Save the date - 2014 Tourism Symposium
Call for entries - Headwaters Horse Country art contest
Summer student job opportunities
Dufferin County high-speed internet survey
Horse Country Ice Storm Survey
Save the date - Sport Tourism Workshop
Calling Headwaters based photographers
Keep us up-to-date on Events and Newsworthy Happenings
Register now to participate in Headwaters: A Taste of Maple


Bakeries, specialty shops, savoury suppliers, local attractions, and restaurants will want to participate in Taste of Maple running March 28 to April 13 throughout our region. This new tourism event will provide local businesses with the opportunity to incorporate maple syrup into their product offerings and showcase creative uses for locally produced maple syrup.


Click here for more information and to register your participation. 

Registration deadline - February 28, 2014.


Register now to participate in Doors Open Headwaters 2014


Once again the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association will be hosting Doors Open Headwaters, on behalf of our partners throughout the region.By paying the $1500 registration fee, our Doors Open Headwaters event will be part of the provincial promotional program that includes:  our event listed in the Doors Open Ontario brochure and other materials (approximately 1.2 million pieces) distributed in community newspapers across the province; inclusion on the provincial Doors Open Ontario website; Doors Open site signage & inclusion in the Doors Open Ontario media program.


This year's theme commemorates the centennial anniversary of the First World War by examining its influences on modern society. Sites such as armouries, commemorative monuments or homes of notable veterans may be profiled as part of this year's theme. We encourage you to consider other subjects as well, such as the impact of war on the following:the homefront, technology and industrialization, women in the workforce, art, artists and writing inspired by the times, health care, internment, female suffrage and others.You are also encouraged to develop programming based on this year's theme.


Along with the provincial promotional activities, the Hills of Headwaters, on behalf of participating sites will create a separate Doors Open Headwaters section on our website, that will include photos and site profiles for each participating site, as well as distributing a custom electronic newsletter to our 10,000+ database, and promote through our social media channels.


There is no cost for you to participate in this event but you must register no later than
Friday, February 14th. 


Register now.  

Town of Mono's Will O'Wind eventing centre becomes an official venue for the
TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games 


The rolling hillsides of south-central Ontario will thunder with hooves and ring with the roar of the crowd when the thrilling equestrian cross-country event for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games comes to the Town of Mono on July 18, 2015. Thousands of spectators are expected to attend the one-day cross-country event at Will O'Wind Farm. The Headwaters region is becoming known far and wide as Horse Country, and this opportunity, along with the equestrian events of dressage and jumping that will be held at the Caledon Equestrian Park will position Headwaters as a centre of equine excellence.


Supporting legacy opportunities for the TO2015 Pan Am Games  


Central Counties Tourism has convened a coordinating committee comprised of senior officials who will work closely with municipal and regional partners to make the Pan Am experience memorable for both residents of and visitors to Central Counties. As an umbrella group for the many diverse efforts taking place across the region, the Committee will facilitate and act as a resource for the dedicated staff and volunteers who are committed to ensuring Central Counties' place in the lasting legacy of the Pan Am Games.


Chaired by Michele Harris, Executive Director of The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association, the committee includes: Nancy Bodi, York Region Arts Council; Kerri King, Durham Tourism; Derek Edwards, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority; Rob Kadlovski, Nicholby's/Old Firehall Confectionary; and Patrick Regina, Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham. The new committee was convened in recognition of the importance of the Games and the unprecedented opportunity they represent to the region's member organizations to promote world-class activities to visitors who will be coming from around the world for the Games.


Full details available here

Save the date - 2014 Tourism Symposium:  Building a World-Class Destination   


On Monday, March 24th, the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association and Central Counties will host their annual tourism symposium. This free event is open to all tourism and related business owners, as well as municipal partners and staff, and regional business organizations and partners. This year's theme is "building a world-class destination" and will feature keynote speakers Donald Cooper and Eddie Friel.There will also be workshop sessions on festivals & event development, cycling tourism, and culinary tourism. Save the date, and watch for registration details over the next few weeks.

Call for entries - Headwaters Horse Country signature art contest    


Headwaters Horse Country is looking for a signature artwork to represent Horse Country.All two and three-dimensional art, regardless of category or media are eligible for this competition.This is an equine art competition. The art submitted must be representative of Headwaters Horse Country. However, horses are not a required element in the design.


For more details and participation criteria please click here.

Summer student job opportunities 


With the support of the Service Canada summer jobs program, we are hoping to hire two summer students to support the work of the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association and our partners at Dufferin.biz and the Greater Dufferin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Job descriptions are available online, and we encourage interested students to submit their resumes directly to hr@thehillsofheadwaters.com no later than 4:00 pm on March 3rd, 2014.


Click here for details

Dufferin County high-speed internet survey  


Our collaborative partners, Dufferin.biz and the Greater Dufferin Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of a survey designed to capture detailed information on high speed internet availability in Dufferin County. The survey is being conducted in conjunction with a student in the post-graduate certificate Research Analyst Program at Georgian College. We encourage you to complete the survey that is available online.


Take the survey now

Winter storms in Horse Country  


Headwaters Horse Country has been hit by some serious winter weather recently. Horse owners have added concerns during such events. Headwaters Equine Leadership invites horse owners and caretakers to complete our 2013 Ice Storm Survey and share your experiences.


You are welcome to share photos from the recent storms. Send your photo and a brief description of the location to Vicki@thehillsofheadwaters.com .  


Take the survey now

Save the date:  sports tourism workshop 


The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) in conjunction with the Town of Orangeville, Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation will conduct a one-day sport tourism workshop on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.Hosted at the Best Western PLUS Orangeville Inn & Suites, the CSTA will bring sport event, tourism and economic development experts together with community officials to share knowledge and experiences and to provide training on the CSTA's leading edge industry tools.Sport tourism is the fastest growing grassroots economic development initiative in Canada today, with approximately $3.6 billion in annual domestic spending.This interactive workshop is designed to build capacity at the local level and help communities become more actively involved in the sport tourism industry, including how to maximize revenue associated with bidding, hosting and managing sporting events!


Click for more information or to register now

Opportunity for Headwaters based photographers


The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association and Dufferin.biz are looking to secure a roster of local photographers who can be hired on an ad hoc basis for specific photo requirements and who may have a specific skill set or who can offer broad services across a range of subjects.


Click here for more information.

Keep us up-to-date on Events and Newsworthy Happenings 


Let us know about your events and newsworthy happenings so that we can help promote all that makes the Headwaters region special.


List your tourism events for FREE by submitting them directly to us.


If you have press releases and photos about newsworthy events and happenings, please send them directly to our attention at media@headwatersregion.ca